Leadership Summit

Gather with us to learn, share, reflect, and network.


Join us for the Leadership Summit, the largest gathering in Alaska of nonprofit leaders. Bring your staff and your board. Unlike traditional conferences, the Leadership Summit is highly interactive, deeply engaging, and immediately applicable to your nonprofit work. We carefully select each of our national guests not only for their expertise, but for their ability to facilitate rather than just present on a topic. This means you are invited to explore a topic with them, not just have it come at you.

You will also be joined by the whole Foraker team who will be ready to provide support, make connections, and highlight new Foraker tools and resources. The summit, too, is an opportunity for our Certificate and Catalyst cohorts and Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical recipients to connect. Come to the summit to learn, catch up with colleagues, meet new friends, and deepen your support network.

2021 Leadership Summit Speakers

Deepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer builds tools and resources to support nonprofits engaged in transformative social change at Building Movement Project. Her work includes creating the social change ecosystem map, and coordinating SolidarityIs, an initiative that fosters multiracial and cross-movement connections.
Marvin Chambers

Marvin Chambers is an Executive/Leadership coach, Global Speaker, Human Resources Executive, and Author with 25+ years of executive level experience working with leaders and talent at all levels in world-class organizations including The Coca-Cola Company, W.R. Grace & Co., EY, AT&T, and NCR Corporation.
Marin Burton

Marin Burton has worked with a wide variety of organizations including corporations, schools, colleges, and nonprofit organizations. Since joining the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), she has focused on organizational leadership initiatives aimed at incorporating leadership development into the organizational culture.

Kishshana Palmer

Kishshana Palmer is an international speaker, trainer, and coach with an 18-year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. She's a supernova on any stage and platform due to her charismatic and candid delivery.
Atyia Martin

Dr. S. Atyia Martin is the CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., an education social enterprise with a mission to activate the power of consciousness, critical thinking, and community to catalyze transformative action that advances racial equity and resilience.
Kate Barr

Kate Barr has been making meaning out of financial information and strategies for decades, with stints as an arts administrator, a bank executive, Executive Director of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and now President and CEO for Propel Nonprofits.

About the Leadership Summit

When is the next summit? 

We host the Leadership Summit every two years in the spring. The next summit will be held in April or May of 2023.

Where is the summit held? 

To attract leaders from all parts of Alaska, the summit is held in Anchorage as a central location. In 2021, we hosted our first-ever virtual conference. The 2023 format and location is TBD. 

How much does it cost to attend the summit?

We make every effort to keep costs low. In 2019, the summit fee was $400 for general admission or $350 for Foraker Partners. Costs may be adjusted for each summit and do not include meals, travel, or lodging.

I'm interested in helping to sponsor the summit. How can I do this?

We'd love to have you join our group of sponsors. Contact us to learn more about how you can help support the next event.

What can I learn at the summit?

Each summit has a theme to inspire and grow nonprofit leaders. You can find featured speakers from the 2021 Leadership Summit above.

In the past, we have explored topics like these with internationally recognized speakers:

Getting to What Matters: On Designing Evaluation - Steve Patty, Founder of Dialogues in Action and author of Moving Icebergs: Leading People to Lasting Change

The Roots of Innovation: Addressing Complex Challenges - Richard Evans, President of EMCArts 

Weathering the Storm: Leadership in a Time of Disaster - Gary Ostroske, retired President of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area

Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change - Peter Brinckerhoff, author of Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization

The Power of Healthy Community - A Wellness Approach - Dr. Margaret Wheatley, respected speaker, teacher, and author of numerous books including Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time

The Power of Positive Emotions to Transform Organizations - Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, PhD, author of Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences, and Constructive Ways of Organizing

Understanding the Networked Nonprofit - Beth Kanter, author of Beth's Blog and expert on thinking and operating in a connected world

Why Your Story Matters - Thaler Pekar, pioneer in the field of organizational narrative and communication

It Starts with Your Elevator Speech: Making a Powerful Case for Donor Support - Tom Ahern, internationally recognized expert in donor communications

How to Communicate Like Your Favorite Nonprofit: Attract Supporters through Feelings, Not Facts - Kivi Leroux Miller, President, Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com

Playing Well Together: Collaboration, Partnerships and Mergers (Oh My!) - Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits

Crossing the Watershed: The Death of Planning and the Rise of Prototyping - Zaid Hassan, author of The Social Labs Resolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges

2021 Leadership Summit Sponsors

Signature ($15,000+)
Impact ($10,000+) Focus ($5,000+)
Partnership ($1,000+)